A wise man once said that if you want something to be done really well, tell a lazy person the task and they’ll figure out a very easy way to do it! Check out these genius tips for cleaning when you don’t really feel like cleaning.
Hate scrubbing the bath?
You have to bend over and scrub it for a good 15 minutes. Chances are that you might have to step in it and the surface has already become a bit on the slippery side because of the soapy liquid.
Most people go down on all fours to lower their center of gravity (otherwise you risk falling and losing a couple of teeth). After all that work, it can be easy to see why we avoid cleaning the tub very often.
Well, you are doing it all wrong! Next time, give our method a try. Buy a micro-fiber mop (you probably already have one), fill a bucket with some hot water and add a few drops of liquid soap. Then simply stand next to the bathtub and mop it clean! No need to bend and scrub. Once you’ve given the tub a good mopping, wash everything down by spraying hot water from the hand shower, if you have one.
Soap Dish a Mess?
Normally, soap cases have holes or vents at the bottom to help excess water to drain. Often, soap gets into these vents and then stops the water from draining. As a result, the case becomes water logged, soap dissolves in the water and creates a murky mess!
So ditch the soap case and place soap bars on sponges. This way, the water always settles at the bottom of the sponge and since the soap is placed on top, it doesn’t dissolve into the water. Secondly, even if some soap does get mixed with the water, you can simply use the sponge to give your wash basin a good scrub.
Over time, you’ll develop a habit of doing this and your basin will always look sparkling clean!
What if I told you there’s a way to unfog your mirror?
Hot baths are incredibly satisfying but steamy mirrors spoil the fun as you can’t see your glorious self after taking your bath!
Like most people, you probably wipe steamy mirrors with a towel. This is a particularly frustrating task – you’re spreading moisture all over the mirror and even if you somehow (miraculously) do manage to get most of the moisture off, you end up putting towel marks on the mirror instead.
So here’s how to prevent mirrors from steaming up in the first place. Take some shaving foam on a wipe and spread it evenly onto the mirror. In the beginning, it will seem like a foolish idea but after spreading for about a minute, the foam will vanish and create a thin, invisible layer on the glass.
This way, your mirrors won’t accumulate steam. Also, if you do need to clean a mirror, use a newspaper – not cloth. It will leave a clean and lint free finish. (Pro Tip: If you were over-enthusiastic with the foam and spread too much on, wipe off the excess with…..you guessed it….a newspaper!)
How to remove those tough stains from your sofa:
Sofa stains look hideous and if you scrub them too hard, the fabric gets permanently damaged. Then you’re left with a sofa that’s not just dirty, but also worn out and scraggly. We have a magic formula that’ll remove all traces of even the most stubborn sofa stains.
Mix the following together into a spray bottle:
- 1 part rubbing alcohol (spirit)
- 1 part table vinegar (clear) (spirit)
- 2 parts water
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon fabric softener
Give it a good mix, spray over the stain, scrub lightly with a soft brush and go over thoroughly with a wipe. All the stains transfer onto the wipe and the sofa looks brand new.
Way behind on dishes?
Do you have a lot of dish-washing to do? Dishes usually pile up after big dinners. To make matters worse, big dinners make you lazy so it’s even tougher to do the dishes immediately.
So, the next day, you give yourself about 20 pep talks until you’re finally ready to tackle the mountain of dishes. Unfortunately, by now food has dried onto the utensils and this is going to make your task one hundred times more arduous.
Here’s a trick that will save you a ton of elbow grease:
Boil some water in a large pot (you can even add a few lime wedges to it). Then pour this water all over your dishes and leave it for 5 minutes. Now, you barely have to go over with a soapy sponge once and your dishes are done.
Don’t forget to clean the blinds:
If you use a broom or a blower on window blinds, you’ll manage to stir up a dust storm right within your house! Instead, roll a microfiber duster in between the blinds. Most of the dust particles will stick to it. Now, wear a damp old sock on your hand and wipe the blinds thoroughly. Now step back and admire your pristine blinds.
Have a little fun while you clean with cleaning slime!
Some places like air-vents and keyboards cannot be cleaned easily even with a combination of tooth brushes, vacuum cleaners and micro-fibers. The easiest way to tackle such areas is with slime.
Making your own slime is fun. Cleaning with it or even just rolling it around in your hands is immensely satisfying. (PS…you can get kids, your spouse or roommates to help you. As we said, making slime and cleaning with it is fun!).
Here’ the recipe:
- In bowl one, mix one ounce of glue with a quarter cup of water.
- You may add a couple drops of food coloring if you want colored slime.
- Make a quarter cup of borax solution in the second bowl.(You can get this in the laundry aisle of any large supermarket.)
- Now pour the solution into the first bowl slowly.
- Stir vigorously and knead until the slime becomes less sticky.
- Pour out the excess water and your slime is ready.
- Give dirty areas the slime treatment. Notice how all the dirt/dust adheres to it.
For more info on this, check out this video!
The ideas mentioned above are easy and can even make cleaning entertaining. Still, they require some effort on your part. If you are too busy or don’t really like to clean, let All Set’s trusted house cleaners handle it for you!. A clean home is just a phone call or a tap on an app away!